A MANHUNT has been launched for a convict who has gone missing from an open prison.

Grant McNamara, an inmate at HMP Castle Huntly in Dundee, was reported missing to police at 2pm on Monday.

It is believed he has connections in the Paisley area.

Mr McNamara has previously been described as a 'danger to the public' after he was sentenced for splitting a taxi driver's head open with an axe. 

Cabbie Stephen Meechan was subjected to a horrific attack by axe-wielding McNamara after taking him and a pal to a house in the Gallowhill area of Paisley back in 2013.

McNamara and Meechan became involved in a dispute over the fare for the taxi and - when McNamara's friend did not retrun from a house with the £5.50 - the axe weilding man began to swear.

Then, without warning, produced an axe which he had been concealing and struck Mr Meechan on the head. The blow caused a serious injury which sent blood pouring down his face and neck.

Chillingly, McNamara then told his victim: “I’ll chop you. Look at the state of your head – it’s halved in two.”

At the time, McNamara was sentenced to four years behind bars. 

Anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 101 or 999.

The 26-year-old is described as as being 6ft 2in and of medium build, and is clean shaven with short brown hair.

Information can also be given anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.